Flights to Madrid
What to know before you fly to Madrid?
Madrid is a dynamic, vibrant, always-on city and there are few things to bear in mind before you go. The currency is the euro (€) and the language is Spanish, although English is widely understood, especially in the tourist areas. That said, a basic understanding of some key words will definitely help you out, especially when it comes to ordering food – good to know your gambas al ajillo (garlic prawns) from your rabo de toro estofado (braised oxtail, which is apparently delicious by the way).
Madrid can be scorchingly hot in summer and chilly in winter, so flights to Madrid are best booked for the shoulder seasons of May-June and September-October.
Airports in Madrid
Madrid-Barajas International Airport (MAD) is the busiest airport in Spain, consisting of four terminals with Terminal 4 being one of the largest terminals in the world. From Madrid Airport there are a number of buses and trains that will take you to central Madrid, with a trip on the Metro train line 8 the quickest route, taking you to Nuevos Ministerios Station in about 12-15 minutes.